Allen and Allen attorney W. Coleman Allen, Jr. was the 2008 recipient of The Professor W. McKinley Smiley, Jr. Lighthouse Award presented by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. The Association presents The Lighthouse Award is presented every year to America’s Most Outstanding Lawyer in the field of academics, legal scholarship and advocacy teaching and training. The award recognizes:
- A teacher and author of trial advocacy, appellate argument and litigation skill;
- A pioneer in trial advocacy and philosophy;
- An inspiration to those in the academic field of law, and the trial and appellate bar;
- And a reputable role model to those aspiring to join the legal profession.
Honorees stand out as mentors to young lawyers and professional peers, thus the award’s name “Lighthouse” Award – the light that shines from the lighthouse provides guidance and direction to those weathering the storm.
A graduate of University of Virginia School of Law, Coleman has a career spanning almost twenty years as an accomplished personal injury trial attorney and skilled negotiator with The Allen Law Firm. He promotes great professionalism and legal expertise by actively and eagerly sharing his knowledge and skills with his colleagues. He often leads seminars and panels to instruct and facilitate discussions focusing on personal injury practice, insurance and trial advocacy. A former President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Allen has been listed in the reference book Best Lawyers in America since 1995.